Introduction to Elementary Circuits
3rd - 5th
Students explore how a circuit works and create a circuit to use energy from a battery to light a bulb. In this introduction to circuits instructional activity, the students study the parts of a circuit and have a class discussion of what would happen if the circuit was not complete. Students incorporate a switch and learn how it affects the circuit.
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